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Hoeven Presses Army Secretary to Focus on Mission, Stop DoD's Environmental Rule for Federal Contractors

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, this week pressed U.S. Army Secretary Christine Wormuth to drop the Department of Defense's (DoD's) proposed rule imposing a new environmental rule on federal contractors, both large and small, that would ultimately drive up costs for our national defense. "The Biden administration is putting emissions above our missions, and prioritizing environmentally-friendly bombs and missiles over our national secur… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Presidents of Two Largest Farm Organizations Support Prioritizing Crop Insurance, Updating ARC & PLC in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing this week, Senator John Hoeven confirmed with Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, and Rob Larew, President of the National Farmers Union, their support for strengthening the nation's agriculture safety net in the next farm bill, including: Prioritizing crop insurance, the primary risk management tool for many producers. Updating and improving the counter-cyclical safety net, including the Agriculture Risk Cov… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pressing Biden Administration to Hold Oil & Gas Lease Sales

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today continued his efforts to push back on the Biden administration's harmful policies, which are undermining domestic U.S. energy production and resulting in higher prices for American consumers. At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Hoeven pressed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to stop blocking oil and gas production on federal lands and: Called on Haaland to comply with a recent federal district court ruling that ordered the B… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DoL Extends Moratorium on Duplicative Requirements for VA Community Providers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) has extended for two years, the moratorium on burdensome and duplicative requirements for health care facilities, including long-term care (LTC) providers, serving veterans. The mandates, which come under DoL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), are duplicative of existing Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) standards, resulting in significantly increased costs and paperwork… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Army Corps Chief Confirms that Red River Valley Flood Protection a First-in-the-Nation Project, Will Bring Corps Leadership to FM Area to See Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven discussed with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief LTG Scott Spellmon progress on the Red River Valley's comprehensive flood protection, including: How the project is a first-in-the-nation project, as it's the first major Army Corps project to utilize both the P3 split-delivery model and a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan. Accordingly, Chief Spellmon will bring Army Corps leadership to the Fargo-Moorhead region next month to revie… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working with Corps to Advance Flood Protection for Minot Region

WASHINGTON - At a recent hearing of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, Senator John Hoeven worked with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief LTG Scott Spellmon to advance flood protection efforts for the Minot region. The senator is working with the Corps to find creative solutions to complete flood protection for the entire Minot region including: Utilizing Department of Defense (DoD) programs to help offset costs, given the location of the Minot Air Force Base. Hoeven hel… Continue Reading


ND Delegation Urges FEMA to Abandon or Delay Proposed Flood Map for Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to abandon or delay its implementation of a new Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for the City of Bismarck. The delegation pointed to the outsized impact the proposed map would have on the community's low-income residents, particularly in the southern portion of the city, where the region's primary homeless shelter and a permanent supportive housing facili… Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks Grand Opening of Magic City Discovery Center, Outlines Benefits to Families in the Minot Region

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today marked the grand opening of the Magic City Discovery Center, an interactive children's museum that provides science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) educational opportunities for Minot families, including those stationed at Minot Air Force Base. The center first opened in 2014 in a temporary location with the goal of providing an entertaining environment that helps educate children while developing their critical-thinking skills. Hoeven then … Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Commitment from BOR Commissioner to Work on Funding ENDAWS

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week secured a commitment from Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Commissioner Camille Touton to work with him on funding the Eastern North Dakota Alternate Water Supply (ENDAWS) Project. Hoeven raised the priority during a hearing of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, stressing the importance of the project in ensuring a reliable water supply in the Red River Valley, particularly during times of drought, while highlighting the opportunity for BO… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on South Korean President's Address to Congress

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. Hoeven traveled to Seoul and the demilitarized zone (DMZ) two weeks ago to meet with South Korean government, military and agriculture leaders to strengthen military and agriculture trade ties with South Korea. "President Yoon outlined the importance of the 70-year alliance between the United States and South Korea," said Hoeven. "This relationship … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on ERA

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA): "Everyone should be treated fairly and with respect as required under the law. It is up to the States to determine whether they want to adopt a constitutional amendment, and in 2021 the North Dakota Legislature rescinded its support for the ERA." -###-… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Army Corps Leadership to Complete DAPL Environmental Impact Statement

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven pressed Michael Connor, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, for an update on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), urging him to complete the process as soon as possible. The senator stressed the pipeline's importance not only to the energy industry in North Dakota, but to U.S. energy security, and highlighted its long history of … Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges VA Secretary to Help Secure Permanent Regulatory Relief for Long-Term Care Providers Serving Veterans

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven urged U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough to help secure permanent regulatory relief enabling more health care facilities, including long-term care (LTC) providers, to serve veterans. Specifically, Hoeven is working to advance a permanent exemption from burdensome and duplicative mandates under the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL)… Continue Reading


Hoeven Votes to Overturn EPA's Costly Regulation on Heavy-Duty Vehicles

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today voted for legislation to overturn a Biden administration regulation on heavy-duty vehicle emissions that would place costly new requirements on the trucking industry. Hoeven helped introduce the legislation, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution, with Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) to stop the costly rule from going into effect. The CRA was approved by the Senate by a vote of 50-49. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) new emission standards f… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors CRA to Protect Farmers, Overturn Labor Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Ted Budd (R-N.C.) in introducing a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn a misguided rule from the Department of Labor (DoL) that will drastically increase costs for American farmers. The H-2A visa program helps American farms fill farm labor gaps and remain sufficiently staffed for the planting, cultivating and harvesting of crops. The new DoL rule inflates H-2A wage rates … Continue Reading


Hoeven to Energy Secretary Granholm: More U.S. Domestic Oil Production & Refining Capacity Needed to Alleviate Inflation on American Consumers

WASHINGTON - At a recent hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator John Hoeven pressed Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on the need for greater U.S. domestic oil and gas production to bring down prices for American consumers, while stressing the importance of increasing the nation's refining capacity. In contrast: U.S. oil refining capacity declined from 19 million barrels per day (BPD) in 2019 to 17.9 million bpd, a loss that is not expected to be offset by pend… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FAA Awards $11 Million in Grants to North Dakota Airports

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than $11 million to the following North Dakota airports for projects including runway, taxiway, terminal and lighting improvements, as well as upgrades to snow removal equipment and facilities: Jamestown Regional Airport- $7,007,500 Minot International Airport - $980,000 Ellendale Airport - $600,000 Linton Muni… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Visit to Taiwan and South Korea, Calls for Greater Defense and Trade Ties in the Pacific

WASHINGTON - During remarks delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate this week, Senator John Hoeven reviewed his recent visit to South Korea and Taiwan, outlining their longstanding defense and trade ties with the U.S. and stressing the need to: Enhance the self-defense capabilities of U.S. allies and partners in the Pacific to better deter the aggressions of China and North Korea. Advance a regional strategy of like-minded allies and partners to preserve peace and stability and support a f… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Fire Grants and Safety Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the Senate approved the Fire Grants and Safety Act, legislation to reauthorize the U.S. Fire Administration and federal grant programs that support local fire departments. "North Dakota's firefighters and first responders do a great job saving lives and property in emergency situations. Their services are vital to the well-being of our communities and providing a high quality of life for our citizens," Hoeven said. … Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Strengthen Defense Ties in the Pacific, Ensure Effective Nuclear Deterrent & Enhance U.S. Domain Awareness

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee this week, U.S. Senator John Hoeven discussed with U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown and Chief of Space Operations Gen. B. Chance Saltzman efforts to deter China's aggression and the importance of: Strengthening the ties between the U.S. and its partners and allies in the Pacific, including supporting the self-defense of South Korea and Taiwan. Hoeven discussed how … Continue Reading

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